Crime and Courts

Sep 25, 2012 11:59 AM by KXLF Media Center

Suspect pleads not guilty in Yellowstone Club ATV death

The teen arrested in connection with an ATV death at the Yellowstone Club pleaded not guilty in Madison County District Court Monday.

James Sinclair Welch, 19, of of Bronxville, NY, faces one count of vehicular homicide while under the influence.

A wavier of extradition is to be filed with the clerk's office. Welch has posted a $50,000 bond and is required to wear a SCRAM bracelet until further ordered. Court documents also require that Welch complete his current treatment program, not associate with felons, (unless in the treatment program), not consume alcohol, drugs or appear in bars, report weekly to attorney and appear when required.

Welch is connected to the death of Parker Regan, 19, of Mendham, NJ, who died from injuries sustained in the ATV crash the evening of August 2. That night, at around 11:50 p.m., the ATV crash was reported to authorities, according to a news release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department. CPR and first aid were administered to the ATV's passenger, Regan, but he did not survive.

According to court documents, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper who interviewed Welch after the crash, said Welch smelled strongly of alcohol and his eyes were red, watery and bloodshot. His clothes were soiled and bloody.

Welch reportedly told the trooper that he had been driving the ATV and Regan fell out while he was negotiating a curve. A crash investigation showed he had been driving on the wrong side of the road, according to court documents.

Welch refused to submit to breath and blood alcohol tests.

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